Biddy Martin’s polka

Also known as Biddy Martin, Bidí Mháirtín.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

Biddy Martin’s appears in 3 other tune collections.

Biddy Martin’s has been added to 8 tune sets.

Biddy Martin's has been added to 91 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Biddy Martin's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:f/e/d Be|ef ed|f/e/d Be|eA d2|
f/e/d Be|ef ed|f/e/d Be|eA d2:|
|:f/a/f f/a/f|af ed|f/a/f f/a/f|af e2|
f/a/f f/a/f|af ed|f/e/d Be|eA d2:|
# Added by Mikea .
X: 2
T: Biddy Martin's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Be ef|ed f/e/d|Be eA|d2 f/e/d|
Be ef|ed f/e/d|Be eA|d2 f/e/d:|
f/e/f f/a/f|ed f/e/d|f/e/f af|e2 fe/d/|
f/e/f f/a/f|ed f/e/d|Be eA|d2 f/e/d:|
X: 3
T: Biddy Martin's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Fdor
|:c/B/A|FB Bc|BA c/B/A|FB B=G|A2 c/B/A|
FB Bc|BA c/B/A|FB B=G|A2:|
|:c/B/c|Bc ec|BA c2|Bc ec|B2 c/B/|
Bc ec|BA c/B/A|FB B=G|A2:|
X: 4
T: Biddy Martin's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B/A/B|AB dB|AG B2|AB dB|A2 B/A/B|
X: 5
T: Biddy Martin's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:e/d/c Ad|de dc|e/d/c Ad|dG c2|
e/d/c Ad|de dc|e/d/c Ad|dG c2:|
|:e/g/e d/e/e|ge dc|e/g/e d/e/e|ge d2|
e/g/e d/e/e|ge dc|e/d/c Ad|dG c2:|

Eight comments

Biddy Martin’s

My source for this tune is If the cap fits. I have never heard anyone else playing it. I wondered if his version is in anyway unusual as a lot of his settings are.
Good Luck.

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Like you, i’ve never heard anybody but Kevin Burke play it. It’s getting to be like a missing tooth when I heard "Ger the Rigger" & " Bill Sullivan’s", which EVERYbody plays.

Jackie Daly plays this pretty much the same as shown here on Music of Sliabh Luachra. It’s a lot of fun to play though repetitive. Daly also follows it with Ger the Rigger.

In Breathnach’s CRE it’s shown but it doesn’t seem like the same tune to me

Moving the bar marks & then some

I remember it from Jackie Daly’s playing.
Was kind of a tough to know where the downbeat of the first measure was.
Independently of seeing the first setting above, I thought the tune started back half a measure – and this is how I finally decided the tune went..
Then I did a tiny bit of arranging to suit myself, and/or how I imagined I remembered Jackie playing it – and voila!

Biddy Martin’s, X:3

I agree— the first couple of notes seem much more like a pickup than the start of a bar. Here’s an approximation of Morga’s version, which is tuned a half-step up. I’ll post a version down a half step as X:4.

Biddy Martin’s, X:4

Here’s a version in G.
The "Fdor" version in X:3 should probably be in Ab major, but Fdor was the closest I could get to the number of flats necessary.